Photo of the Day: Pretty in Pink

Captive flamingo, Orlando, FL. Image captured with the Nikon 1 V2 mirrorless camera (click to enlarge image)

You don’t necessarily need a big DSLR to get a good shot. You just need to use the right gear and be in the right place at the right time. This is a captive flamingo at SeaWorld Orlando. It was right up against a low rope fence, and quite curious.

All I had with me on this particular trip was my Nikon 1 V2 camera. I used the 30-110mm 1-Nikkor lens and held the camera over the fence. The combination of small size and relatively long focal length with VR stabilization allowed me to get a nice sharp shot without the fence in it, even while hand-holding the camera. So in this case, the Nikon 1 V2 really was the right camera for the job; a DSLR would have been awkward and too heavy to use.

Image Specs

  • Nikon 1 V2 mirrorless camera with 30-110mm  1-Nikkor zoom lens
  • 1/320s @f/5.6, ISO 200; hand-held
  • RAW (NEF) image processed in Capture NX2 and finished with Viveza 2 and Color Efex Pro 4 in Photoshop CS6



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5 thoughts on “Photo of the Day: Pretty in Pink”

  1. Hi, I love your guide for the Nikon 1 v1. I just got back into photography after 12 years and bought a Nikon 1 v2 as my first “DSLR”. I’m wondering, does it make a difference to get the Nikon branded extra battery vs. the “no-name” brand? Very nice photo by the way…stunning!

  2. Great capture! Also the night time water shot in Orlando. These shots are leading me to consider the Nikon 1. And I shoot the D4/D800. With the giveaway price for the V1, would you suggest to go the extra money for the V2?

    One other question, you mentioned in the last post about working downwards in LR develop module. I do, but after adjusting for camera calibration selection. Do you leave at ACR or change for Camera Standard, Portrait, etc., and if so, do after your modifications? Thanks

  3. Van-
    The Nikon 1 V2 has some significant ergonomic improvements over the V1. Please check out my reviews on the Nikon 1 System Resource page here for my comparisons and thoughts. I really prefer the V2 ergonomics having used both cameras, but the V1 is an absolute STEAL right now at $400.

    In LR, I always change my default settings to either “Camera Standard” or “Camera Neutral,” depending on the camera. With the V2, I normally use Camera Standard as my baseline.

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